Regulatory & Ethical Research
Technological revolutions always produce arrays of predictable and less predictable consequences for society at large. For example, developments in nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing are likely happen more rapidly and across more sectors than can be reasonably anticipated by government policies and institutions, whether local, state, or at the federal level. CHN researchers are keenly aware of the challenge of balancing technological innovation and economic development with the protection of public health and the environment. One way we explore these issues is through our partnership with researchers affiliated with the Nanotechnology and Society Research Group (NSRG), which is dedicated to the study of the societal dimensions of nanotechnology research, development, application, and commercialization. The multidisciplinary group, comprised of research faculty at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, also serves as a partner with the Boston Museum of Science on an array of related outreach and education activities.
Learn more about ongoing NSRG projects here (http://nsrg.neu.edu/)